Requiem for OAS

Insulza turned out to be the Judas who would hand the OAS in to its "Cerberus"

Saturday February 02, 2013  12:00 AM
The Republic of Venezuela –composed of fixed, regular terms in offices that may not be extended under the Constitution, fully observed even by our military dictators- had its certificate of death signed by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) last January 10. Shortly after, a de facto, unconstitutional, two-headed government took over, shared by Vice-President Nicolás Maduro and (Congress Speaker) Lieutenant Diosdado Cabello. Amidst this vacuum, the slaughter at Uribana jail occurred. It reminded me of another massacre. In Frontón Island, Lima, four military officers only knowledgeable of war tore to pieces with dynamite the columns of the local prison to soothe the revolt of some inmates, silencing them forever. The Organization of American States (OAS) lambasted the events and scolded the Peruvian government in 1996.

This time, the death toll in the Venezuelan jail, by reason of a disciplinary action together with a dozen war tanks, totals 57, and the injured count amounts to 95.  Paradoxically, the judicial action that breaks any rule of civility and its aftereffect is not at all a matter of concern for the democratic watchdog, that is, the OAS. Hence, one could infer that it is just another spiritless box of bones, waiting for Christian burial.

In 1826, the perennial union, league and confederation of our emerging republics was resolved in Panama, and the principle of non intervention was enforced, precisely to protect these republics from any action aimed at reverting the new political model and replacing it with the despotic experience managed to be defeated with the arms of freedom.

Nowadays, the Castro brothers and Cuban colonialism are lapping Venezuela up, without our sister republics looking over their shoulders.

In 1948, during the meeting in Bogotá of the Conference that gave birth to OAS, the guideline remained the same. Sovereignty and independence of our republics were preached, as well as their membership with the new hemispheric integration, on the existential condition of respect and maintenance of constitutional democracy.

Consequently, when the Inter-American Democratic Charter was adopted in Lima in 2001, the prevailing mindset was to underscore that a democratic republic is not merely restricted to the issue of majorities. Anyhow, I could hardly imagine that OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza would become the apostle, the Judas, sustained with Venezuela's monies who surrendered the OAS to the "Cerberus," the three-headed hound that guards the gates of an Underworld called 21st Century Socialism.

It is no chance. Yesterday, he put obstacles to the Inter-American Democratic Charter by alleging the principle of non-intervention. Later on, he reversed his words to look after the premises of Caracas-Havana axis when meddling in the constitutional situations of Honduras and Paraguay. Smiling, beside Venezuelan de facto Foreign Minister Elías Jaua, he declares himself unable to deal with the "constitutional change" that finished off our democratic republic and unleashed its first bloodshed. Lastly, he indulges the turned-into consulate, commanded at remote control, and lets the tropical, corrupt monarchy of the Castro brothers gobble up our nation created in 1830 and deprived of any identity.

Notwithstanding, in good timing, he who bought Insulza's position and gave him the money to betray the ideals of the Americas is fatally declining. Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez Frías cannot secure the future. He cannot even tame his ambitious heirs. Nor will he be able to save Insulza from his ostracism in the pages of the hemispheric democratic history. This is it.


Translated by Conchita Delgado

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